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LION SERVER Network User - Mobility Settings

947 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2012 2:39 PM by chicster RSS
Kimbakat Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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May 1, 2012 1:25 PM

In the MOBILITY section of the Workgroup Manager Preferences


....I'm looking for a CRYSTAL CLEAR listing of what each preference MEANS when checked..not check in the LION SERVER Workgroup Mobility settings.


From Acccount Creation to Rules.


I have yet to find on this forum or online of a LION SERVER manual CLEAR understanding of what each of these affect with regards to Network users logging into remote machines. (if you are going to send the apple manual please search for Mobility...before you send a link)


This comes because now I have everything working. Users can log in on multiple machines. I don't get a sync error message...however...the most important things are not syncing...which are









etc.  I create a document..I do a manual sync...It' syncs auto when I log's says it's all looking good....sync says it's syncing to Network Home... I log out. I go back to another machine to log in..the document is not there.


Mind you...I've tried turning a lot of these things on and off..and have played with numerous configurations. The documents just never truly get synced.

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  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    May 1, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to Kimbakat)

    i think a screen shot of your rules would be the main thing people will want to see. 

  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    May 1, 2012 9:59 PM (in response to Kimbakat)

    Well, the page that SHOULD rule this is Rules/Home Sync.  How about a shot of that?

  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    May 2, 2012 10:24 AM (in response to Kimbakat)

    Hmm.  OK, if it is on never, then it is never managed and the user has to manage the sync settings.  That is what I would check:  user logged in, select Mobility Account Preferences from the sync menu, and in users and groups, select mobile settings and confirm what the user has set to sync. 



    Should look something like (this is a snow leopard client):

    mobile pref.png


    The other thing is if the user is set to never in WGM, is the user part of a group and what is it set to?  I think although the user is set to never, it will not override the group setting in that case.

  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    May 2, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to Kimbakat)

    Actually, it worked better in Lion.  Here is what it appeared to be to me -


    In SL client,  both the user and the user group had to be set to "Never manage home sync" in order to avoid that grayed out thing.   It seemed the group overrode the user setting.  I know not supposed to.  And maybe I was not careful enough.  But seemed that way.


    In Lion, if the user is set to once and login/logout/manually and merge with user settings, that seems to be the case - the user can manage the settings as far as how often and what folders.

  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    May 2, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to Kimbakat)

    I feel your pain.  But I think you are way overthinking it. 


    I would step back and start new and simple and see if that works:


    1. create a test user group.

    2. in mobility preferences for that group, turn things to always (I think a total of 6 "always" settings) and take the defaults except on Account Creation do check "create mobile account" .  You could uncheck "ask about making a home folder" or whatever it says, but other things I would be careful to NOT touch. 

    3. This should give you a group setting of making a home folder on the start up volume and syncing on login/logout/manually/at intervals and syncing ~ and not expiring.

    4. Make a user and assign to that group.  Don't set any preferences for the user.

    5. login as that user and test it out.  If that works, then you can see what is different about your setup.  If that doesn't work, then I don't think changing any settings will make a difference. 


    Are you trying to give each user control of sync?  I'm at a school and students sync, so we just make them sync.   If the above works but you want each user to control their sync, I would then see how to adjust from the above not try to do it at once.  Get them syncing first, then see how to give them control.


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